Cheesiest DC Fast-Charging Video Ever: Tight Dress, High Heels Included

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Pretty young women in tight black dresses, 5-inch heels, and sunglasses are too rarely associated with the less glamorous topic of DC fast-charging stations for electric cars.

And that's a shame.

To rectify this tragic oversight, Andromeda Power has put out a promotional video for its Orca Mobile 50-kilowatt DC quick charger that combines both into 2 minutes of easy-to-follow dramatic exposition.

The gripping narrative begins with the nameless young woman pulling her Leaf into the parking lot of an anonymous suburban office park.

We compliment her on being sufficiently secure to drive a car with a vivid white-and-green paint job that has Costa Mesa Nissan's contact information painted on the driver's door.

Not everyone is as generous to their car dealer as the kind-hearted (and clearly green) young woman.

But presumably the car has an all-but-depleted battery. What, oh what, will she do?

Desperate, she asks for help inside the equally nameless business behind the glass doors. (Might it be Andromeda, as shown on a canvas sign strapped to the parking lot fence?)

Voila! The business just happens to have an Andromeda Orca charging station, which a rather less videogenic gent in a blue polo shirt and a grey hoodie wheels out for her.

And luckily, there just happens to be a 100-Amp, 480-Volt AC 3-phase power cable lying coiled in the bushes out front.

Equally luckily--except perhaps for small suburban rodents--that cable is live.

We won't spoil the rest of the story. You can watch the video above, which comes complete with decidedly cheesy synthesizer music.

The gent who sent this to us also points out that the screen around the video's 0:70 mark shows a charge of 0 to 100 percent in 25 minutes. And that the state of charge is shown at 98 percent just 25 minutes later.

That's, errrrrrr, rather unlikely, since DC quick charging only fills the first 80 percent of a lithium-ion pack within half an hour. The remaining 20 percent takes that long or even longer.

Andromeda portable DC fast charger for electric cars (promotional video screen capture)

Andromeda portable DC fast charger for electric cars (promotional video screen capture)

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Still, we were willing to put up with a bit of poetic license for the sake of the inherent and gripping drama.

Please note: This in no way is meant to imply that young women in tight dresses and high heels don't drive electric cars. We suspect that many of them do--and most are resourceful enough to pay attention to the remaining battery range.

Of course, there's absolutely no reason they shouldn't ask for help any place that may happen to have a small, portable DC fast-charging station, along with the appropriate power cord hidden in the shrubbery.

We rather suspect that these women may get a better reception under those circumstances than the rest of us schlubs who drive plug-in cars. More power to 'em.

So to speak.


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Comments (20)
  1. Must say I expected to see JV in heels. Quite disappointed.

  2. Sorry, Gavin, those photos have all been burned and the photographers have been disappeared. In fact, even the very mention of such an event--which never happened, of course--could cause the appearance of flat-black surveillance drones above your house. You have been warned.

  3. Clutching my sides laughing :-)

  4. If you have to have that monster wheeled outside, why not just install it inside and have the plug ready for the driver! I fail to understand why you would need a mobile unit and still need a supply cable the size of a battleship anchor cable sitting on the ground outside!

  5. As the article states, the supply cable is 100 amp, 420 volt, ac, 3 phase. This by law requires a large commercial plug. The CHaDeMo adapter converts this supply to DC at voltages set by the car. The voltage will be dependent on the state of charge of the battery and battery design. This is clearly an ad for the portable CHaDeMo charger, I didn't know anyone had designed one, all others I have seen are permanent installations. This particular senario is unrealistic, but the portable unit would be desirable at special events.

  6. I admire the restraint you exhibited by not publicly noting that the legend "User friendly" appears only over the model's backside.

  7. Only 0.1 KWH and your battery is full. No wonder it charges quickly.

  8. That input cable cannot possibly be in compliance with the National Electrical Code and the NFPA. They just tie-wrapped some loose wires together for the input side. At least the output side had a compliant double insulated cable.

    These guys are painting a giant target on their heads for the insurance people to raise their rates.

    On the other hand a suppose more blatantly sexist advertising might be timely for the EV industry and suppliers. Sigh.

    Are the Beach Boys still alive? They could do a remake of "409", except instead of 409 cubic inches it would refer to 409 volts. Ha. I think my battery tops out at 390 volts. Sigh

  9. Yes relocatable as long as it is within reach of the big hefty industrial size cable.
    Even with the little plastic cap on the end of the cable I hope it isn't live all the time lying in the bushes, that's just asking for trouble. It's gotta be attached with a switch/ breaker inside.

  10. No, you darned crackhead. I will not help you. But if you go to Andromeda Power, I know where you can find a coupla' bucks worth of copper hidden behind some bushes.

    It's still early in the revolution, some odds and end may still need to be sorted out.

  11. It is nice to see the writers, crew, and actors of the porn industry finding other work. :)

  12. Beautiful woman, check. Cheesy music, check. Minimal production values, check. Things being inserted repeatedly into orifices, check.
    The only thing missing is pizza delivery.

  13. My wife and I were not so critical of this video. It's not Madison Avenue, but seems about par for a small business. Using an attractive actress is really not objectionable. The real shame is that so many Americans have let themselves get so fat and unfit that this female appears out of place.

  14. I compliment you on your presentation. Allowing a beautiful female to demonstrate intelligence, thank you.

  15. Shame that they put the old style plug on the end. A quick fix no doubt.

  16. Now all we need are sexy car styles to complement the heels. Cheesy sells! Can I get a side order of fries with that, please?

  17. Am I the only one here to see the potential for theft! Hope it doesn't reflect on my character but that thing "IS" portable and left unattended.

  18. I don't understand why you keep calling her "that thing."

  19. Where did you all see the plug, the cord, the charger, the......well all that other stuff? All I saw was the chick in the black dress. (VVBG)

  20. This is what every B2B corporate video looks like, not worth piling on. What's missing is context; a few moments spent from the woman's point of view showing why she's dressed up (off to a wedding?) and out of charge (forgot to plug in?) would have done the trick.

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